Friday Futures: NASA goes interstellar, VC hotness and reading memories

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: NASA’s interstellar adventure; Elon Musk says he is sending his roadster into space; where VC money is headed this year; reading people’s memories; the future of cannabis and what to eat in 2030.

NASA is planning its first interstellar voyage

NASA is in the earliest stages of planning an exoplanet expedition, set to mark the 100th anniversary of its first crewed Moon landing, Apollo 11. A small team based at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hopes to send a spacecraft to a distant planet in search of life. Discover the take-off date…

Is Elon Musk serious about sending his roadster into space?

On December 21, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk posted seven photos to Instagram of his red Tesla roadster being encased within a Falcon Heavy rocket, seemingly confirming rumors (that he had himself started via Twitter) that he plans to make the vehicle the payload for the rocket’s first test. Read what the experts think…

Here’s where the venture capital money will be going this year

Venture capital isn’t a monolith, but startup investors are compared to lemmings for a reason. Once a trend gets hot, every firm needs to make a play, or come up with a good excuse for missing out. 2018 will be no different. See this year’s hot areas…

How would it be if you could really read people’s memories?

If you could access any one of your memories in the same way you’d queue up a home video, which would you choose? It’s easy to think of all your good memories: births, achievements, an endless loop of the first time you fell in love. What about the bad memories, though? Read about Black Mirror tech…

The future of cannabis testing is in a van

The University of Colorado Boulder’s newest research laboratory is located not in a building on the university’s campus, but the back of a Ram ProMaster cargo van. Here’s why …

A drone turns US roads into a rollercoaster (photographically)

Aydın Büyüktaş uses a drone, 3-D rendering, and Photoshop to create a warped view of the world in Flatlands II. Take the ride…

And finally …

Here’s an Infographic of what we will be eating in 2030. Read the menu…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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